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Syllabification: step·wise
Pronunciation: /ˈstepˌwīz

Definition of stepwise in English:

adverb& adjective

1In a series of distinct stages; not continuously: [as adverb]: concentrations of the acid tend to decrease stepwise
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  • This procedure of stepwise construct loading was continued until a failure of fixation was detected.
  • There was no discussion of intermediate stages showing how stepwise modifications in the current pathway could have been reversed back to a more simple stage.
  • We used micropipette manipulation for forming and subsequently breaking the adhesive contact through a stepwise micromechanical procedure.
2 Music (Of melodic motion) moving by adjacent scale steps rather than leaps: crackling solos and juicy, stepwise guitar counterpoints

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